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But then neither is Whistler perfect. Which is the way it should be. After all, who would ever want to stay in some “perfect” mountain town?
As the forces of urbanization gather on the horizon and try to force Whistler into a box it doesn’t really fit into — call it what you will: DisneyWhistler, VanWhistler, whatever — there’s never been a better time to ask ourselves what this community really stands for. What do we want this place to become in 10 years? What’s worth fighting for — and what’s not worth fighting for? These are the questions that need to be asked, and discussed and argued, if we are to develop and grow in a coherent and intelligent manner.
That’s why my vote for Whistler icon still goes to Jim McConkey. For nobody represents the Whistler spirit (in all its manifest forms) as Diamond Jim does. I’m just thankful I got to know him personally…